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26 minutes | May 3, 2021
He's Still There...and We're going back to find him!
I'm heading back to the land that generated this narrated adventure story and I want to bring you all with me. So, I re-edited the tale for release while my brother and I are out there in the wilds. I also added THIRTY MINUTES of down-deep, hard-learned bear hunting knowledge; accumulated over a decade of tough research and experience pursuing these beasts here in Alaska. I truly believe this information can help a hunter harvest and recover more bears. And the story can pull the heart strings of any outdoorsman. Please share it with anybody you think will benefit from it or relate to it. Thanks for that extra effort. Happy Hunting. Steve Get a great deal at Heather's Choice Meals for Adventuring by using promo code "AKOD". If you're an aspiring business owner, you may also want to check out her Founders Speaker Series.
26 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Steve's Secret Sauce Series Part II: Consult Expertise
I could have re-recorded this several times to try to capture all the little morsels of wit and wisdom that I wrote down before I started recording. I wish I would have recorded myself screaming "YOU DON'T HAVE TO JUST STRUGGLE THROUGH LIFE AND LEARN EVERYTHING THE HARD WAY!!" But I'm happy with the final message delivered. I was amped up. Good things happen when you just put on the headset and hit record. In grand summary: whenever you are up against a challenge and have a desire to improve: Consult Expertise. Build a relationship with someone who can support you along the way to keep you from quitting. Personally, in the last year I've: worked with a performance coach, a therapist, a best friend, a parent, a sibling, a girlfriend, a boss, a co-worker, and a man I call "Uncle Jack". All of them have helped me through something and continue to support me. They do this because I continue to offer them something as well; each of them something different. I've also read a few great books: Driven, The Art of Impossible, and Man's Search for Meaning. If you're looking for a team, an expert, and/or a mentor to help you launch or grow your business, consider starting with The Founders Speaker Series. 14 different Speakers between May 4th, 2021 and the end of July 2021. Happy Hunting. Steve Upcoming Secret Sauce Episodes: "Just Follow the Friggin' Recipe" "Mine Your Data" "A Good Scout is Never Without" & "We don't need a plan. We just need options!!"
33 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Do the freakin' thing!!
As much as I'm excited to present this opportunity to those of you who are ready to accept it, I'm also really REALLY excited to participate in this opportunity myself. Check out "The Founder's Speakers Series" and consider participating so you can grow your business with support from 14 of the outdoor industry's most successful entrepreneurs. Brought to you by Heather's Choice Meals for Adventuring. Use promo code "AKOD" for a 10% discount.. "Bootfuel" works as well.
80 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
"Karmic Balance" & The Arc of the Hunting Experience
The first time I ever saw Donald C. Martin, he got on stage to receive his "Guide of the Year" award at the 'Sheep Show' in Reno (One of my all time favorite good times). He rushed up the podium, gave the presenter a vigorous hand shake, leaned into the mic, pulled back his flowing locks of hair, and said, "My job is to bring out the best in you. Thank You. This award is for you! " And he walked away. I knew I had to meet this man, and start a podcast to host someone with such tenacious compassion. Enjoy. For anyone with that desire to operate their own successful business in the outdoor realm, check out "The Founder's Speaker Series" a masterclass-style project from our sponsor Heather Kelly @HeathersChoice.
67 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
You won't be disappointed...if you attend and ESPECIALLY if you win.
Kevin Kehoe, president of the Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation joins me again to promote the organization's upcoming 2021 Banquet. We made sure it was a valuable listen, even if you know you can't attend. In the first 15 minutes, we divulge all the ways you can play-to-win some lucrative prizes and support Wild Sheep from the comfort of your couch. Then, we discuss the remaining opportunities for those who are present and I reveal how you might 'beat the dealer'. And since Kevin says at every banquet, "you didn't come here to listen to me talk. Let's give away some prizes!", we spend the last 20 minutes talking about Wild Sheep Conservation and the goals of the organization. Please share this episode with anybody you know who may enjoy supporting our wildlife conservation efforts and winning some guns, trips, or gear while they're at it!! Happy Hunting, Steve Opat @AlaskanOdysseys & "Alaska Hunt Booking & Outfitting"
64 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Planning an Alaska Hunt
"The Soulful Hunter" Johnny Maack called me up one day and said "Steve, i want to come to Alaska". I asked if he'd be willing to record the ensuing conversation and he obliged. There is MUCH information revealed in this chat. If you're dreaming of Alaska, give it a listen and share it with your hunting buddy. If you are looking to make an Alaska trip a reality, give me a call. I'm now in the business of teasing out the exact experience you are looking for and then finding the outfitter that can best meet those expectations. Thanks for listening. Happy Hunting. Steve "Take Care of Each Other. Take care of the Earth" Supported by Heather's Choice Meals for Adventuring and Jetech Inflatables The common man's key to unlock the backcountry .
45 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
"It's like sending flowers before you even f*(k up!"
I finally get back into podcast mode and catch up with December's host of the Traveling Pack: Jim Hunstman from @TheWesternHunstman I knew that Jim and I could get deep in the weeds on all things hunting, gear, and animal behavior. But I tried to lead us out of the weeds and into wisdom. What resulted was pretty cool and spawned these two concepts. 1. "Let suffering tell you what to buy; not anticipation." 2. Sending a letter to your congressman BEFORE there is an issue at stake is like sending flowers to your wife BEFORE you F&*k up...much more impactful. Give it a listen and share it with someone who would appreciate the insight. If you are looking to plan your own Alaskan Odyssey. Give me a call, I've got the insight and connections you need to efficiently dial in the kind of adventure YOU are looking for. Happy Hunting Steve "Take care of each other. Take care of the Earth" Supported by Heather's Choice and Jetech Inflatables.
84 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
Meet Coach Mike
There's an axiom I have, and it's one that is agreed upon with the most renowned self-improvement books ever written (Think & Grow Rich, The 7 habits of highly effective people): Consult Expertise. Whether its building a mastermind group or networking with like-minded, intelligent and successful people; the value of mentors and great coaches cannot be given enough importance. Coach Mike and I met at a buddy's hunting lodge and became pals. When we started working on a professional level, my life's trajectory changed. Our progress is largely responsible for this show. But it's so much more than that. So, listen in, you may learn something. If Alaska is on your mind and you could benefit from expertise in making it happen; Call me. I'm here to connect hunters with the right experience to meet the dream inside their head. Happy Hunting. Steve. "Take care of your neighbor. Take care of the Earth."
28 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
Hunt Lottery Application Strategy...
Want to spend more days afield? It won't come by chance. You have to schedule your success and execute a good strategy. For the first 15 minutes, I read an article I wrote for GoHunt regarding my application strategy that uses "Rust Busters", a "Main Event!", a "Kicker" and "Nightcaps". After that, I sit back and discuss how to apply these to Alaska and how I go about the business of helping people make their Alaska Hunting aspirations come to fruition. Message me if you, or someone you know, are looking to come north to Alaska and could use some help making it happen. Happy Hunting, Steve "Take care of each other. Take care of the Earth."
64 minutes | Dec 3, 2020
Christmas Gifts for HER this season!
@KateSmallOutdoors is back to share her gleaned insight on some great products to outfit the women who take the field in pursuit of their food. We all know, there's just not the same number of offerings for her as there are for him. So, give this a listen. And would somebody please me a review when you are done listening!! Happy Hunting, Steve For other Christmas Gifts. Check out Heathers Choice and Roving Blue use promo code AKOD to save 10-15%. The first 25 people to buy the new Roving Blue Go3 Water Bottle will have the opportunity to have the product custom engraved. This is an exclusive offer. They will be the only 25 people to have this - probably ever. It's a good idea for the person who likes new gizmos and already has everything!.
59 minutes | Nov 27, 2020
Gratitude....and Safety Naps!!
This starts with a follow-up interview with Mike Wells regarding his experience with the traveling pack. As he signed off, he said something truly remarkable - impactful. The statement resonated with me as I went to bed that night and 12 hours later it became - perhaps - the most important and relevant bit of advice in my life. From there, well, it inspired me to tell this story about Alaska Medevac life and use it to teach a lesson about how we can all help each other by better expressing our gratitude this holiday season. Thanks for sharing your time with me. For great gifts for this holiday season, use Promo Code 'AKOD' at Roving Blue and Heather's Choice. Happy Hunting, Steve "Take Care of Each Other. Take Care of the Earth."
36 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
"Meat Pistons" and the inside joke that got away from us
Stories are the glue of the outdoor lifestyle. Every tribe of hunters is adhered together through their own assembly of legends, lore, bits, and inside jokes. This episode is the narrated saga that continues to grow amongst my own community. Maybe you can use it as you set around bar and family feast tables this holiday season. Surely, there will be plenty of stories shared, lies told, and photos exchanged during the cold dark days ahead. This may help you bring more laughter to them. Happy Hunting, Steve "Take care of each other. Take care of the Earth" use promo code AKOD to order great holiday gifts like these: Roving Blue water bottle purifier Heather's Choice Packaroons Initial Ascent Men's and Womens backpacks.
59 minutes | Nov 18, 2020
For That Special Lady In Your Life...
Join me, Dennis Stokes from @InitialAscent and @KateSmallOutdoors as we reveal one of the greatest gifts an outdoor Women could ever receive. Something made just for her... Something long overdue in the outdoor community. #Brotherhoodofthetravelingpack #Sisterhoodofthetravelingpack ??? Happy Hunting Steve "Take Care of Each other. Take Care of the Earth." If you're looking to put together your own Alaskan Odyssey, message me and let's make it happen. I'm now helping people plan and book hunts for 2021 and beyond!
83 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
The Nicest Person You'll Ever Meet
This man has earned a reputation in the outdoor industry as one of the NICEST people you'll ever meet. And on account of this, he's becoming a mentor to me. I'm confident that you can listen to this episode and see why. A truly great talk. In this chat, Paul Mentions his father's appreciation for Aldo Leopold. I started reading Leopold's work afterward and now I'm (mostly) obsessed with. I believe westernized cultures are at a point where they would be wise to read it. Start with "A Sand County Almanac". or just give the essay "Thinking Like a Mountain" a read. https://www.aldoleopold.org/store/thinking-like-a-mountain-aldo-leopold-and-the-evolution-of-an-ecological-attitude-toward-deer-wolves-and-forest/ For those of you who've read it, contact me and let's chat about it. Happy Hunting, Steve "Take Care of Each Other. Take Care of the Earth."
38 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
Look for the Magic
Part III from the drive home down Alaska's Famous Haul road. Todd Bumgardner (@HumanPredatorPackmule) and I break into his journal full of field notes to discuss lessons learned during the hunt. Here, in part 3, we discuss the final and - perhaps - most important lesson: Look for the Magic. Like. Follow. Share. That's how these shows grow and can continue to help people pursue their outdoor dreams. Look me up if you are trying to plan your own Alaskan Odyssey. I can work to help you have YOUR ultimate adventure. Happy Hunting. Steve "Take Care of Each Other. Take Care of the Earth." Message Jim at Jetech Inflatables if you're ready to add a game-changer to your toolkit. Use Promo Code "AKOD" to save 10% off any orders with these great American small businesses. Heather's Choice and Roving Blue
30 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
2020 Haul Road Caribou Hunt. Part Deux
Part II from the drive home down Alaska's Famous Haul road. Todd Bumgardner (@HumanPredatorPackmule) and I break into his journal full of field notes to discuss lessons learned during the hunt. By the time we recorded this, we had spent nearly two straight weeks together and, well, it shows. After listening. Share it with a friend. Then, see about improving your opportunity for adventure by getting into your own Jetech Inflatable boat. They are game-changers. And always, contact me if you want help putting together YOUR own Alaskan Odyssey. Happy Hunting Steve "Take Care of Eachother. Take Care of the Earth."
50 minutes | Nov 5, 2020
Field Notes from 2020's Haul Road Caribou Hunt.
Join Todd Bumgardner (@HumanPredatorPackmule) and I as we re-hash the fantastic adventure we had on Alaska's famous 'Haul Road'. I make that pilgrimage at a couple times a year and am striving to become the guru of all things Haul Road Caribou Hunting. On the drive home, Todd and I break down over a dozen different lessons learned during the course of the week; documented in his field notes journal. Part II coming soon. In the meantime, see about improving your opportunity for adventure by getting into your own Jetech Inflatable boat. They are game-changers. Happy Hunting Steve "Take Care of Eachother. Take Care of the Earth."
27 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
Access Game Changers
I could talk for a full year about my progression to become a competent Alaskan outdoorsman. But where I'm at right NOW is a shorter conversation. And where I'm at is that I love the way my Jetech Inflatable boat has unlocked the backcountry and maximized my hunt days. But aside from whether I want you to buy one, I more want you to listen to how I approach my hunt planning. In the weeks ahead we'll talk about apparrel, packs, and boots as well. Have a question? Follow along. Or call me and let's record a chat about preparing for YOUR dream Alaskan Adventure. Also, I'm helping people book their Alaskan hunts for 2021 and beyond. Reach out to me if you want help planning yours or know somebody who's ready to experience it for themselves. www.Jetechinflatables.com
16 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
Steve's Secret Sauce Series: Part 1. Access
This rolled off the tongue and I ran with it. In the last year, I've been discovering what life's "Big Secrets" are. These are the things that have been discovered and re-discovered by humans since the dawn of our time. I think the way we'll share them is to do a short episode to reveal them, and then we'll do a follow up episode to share a story that supports the point. Part 1: Access. I speculate that the first 90% of your success while hunting in Alaska will come from the efforts you spent to secure access to the backcountry. Your gear, your skills, and (for certain) your long range shooting skills will be irrelevant if you can't understand how to get yourself into the Beast's nest. The next episodes will be about Jetech Inflatables and how they help me access Alaska. I'm so excited to tell these stories! Happy Hunting. Steve "Take Care of Each Other. Take Care of the Earth." 10% off Heather's Choice food and Roving Blue water sanitation products with promo Code "AKOD"
12 minutes | Oct 31, 2020
"I want to be present" aka: What I got going on
I've been pretty passionate about my projects this week. This episode is about why. I talk about what I've been up to that has me set to deliver a lot of content in the weeks ahead. I talk about some revelations from the last week and how they are changing the trajectory of the show and the content I produce. Netflix/Checkout: "The Biggest Little Farm" and "Kiss the Ground" Happy Hunting. Steve "Take Care of each other. Take care of the Earth."
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